In the professional world, one’s work is never truly finished. There is no “career Capstone.” In the life of a college student, the Capstone project is usually a rich culminating experience. In the life of a student in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, the Capstone project might be best viewed as a transitioning experience. Our students are treated as professionals from their earliest classes. Our faculty guide them through experiences meant to enrich understanding, build networks, and unlock potential. One graduates from our College as a professional with experience. The Capstone project reflects this.
Capstone projects in the Kanbar College require students to collaborate with a number of different disciplines; to respond to the demands that industries face in the marketplace; and most importantly, to study the world around them and isolate opportunities to solve problems. Capstone projects in our College are rarely “textbook” assignments. No one could easily predict the strength of the teamwork, the responsiveness to sponsors, and the depth of problem solving that characterize most of our students’ Capstone outcomes. In short, Capstone projects are one of the primary ways that we demonstrate Nexus Learning in Kanbar College. Nexus Learning is the signature educational approach, or “X Factor,” here at Philadelphia University that ensures active, collaborative, real world learning that is infused with the liberal arts.
This publication, Kanbar Selects, is intended to highlight a cross section of typical Capstone and Industry-Sponsored projects in our College. The work shows the variety of culminating experiences to which our students apply their talent and understanding. It also shows emerging professionals challenging their personal bests, collaborating through deep trans-disciplinary understanding, and responding powerfully to real world demands placed upon them by industry sponsors. These are indeed transitional experiences as these students have graduated and moved on to explore new challenges in their professional careers.
We hope you enjoy perusing these selected Kanbar College Capstone projects as much as we enjoyed watching the students that developed them mature into the outstanding practicing professionals that they now are.
Ronald G. Kander, Ph.D.
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
Susan Lehrman, Ph.D.
School of Business Administration
Michael J. Leonard, MA.Ed.,IDSA
School of Design and Engineering